Thursday, December 6, 2007

My New Comics

This week’s best cover is The Twelve #0.

Sword of Red Sonja: Doom of the Gods #3, Dynamite Entertainment.

Northlanders #1, Vertigo (DC Comics). Another comic I’ve been waiting for is finally here. Info from NORTHLANDERS tells the epic tale of SVEN, an exiled Viking prince who’s been living the decadent, high life in Constantinople – the 11th century’s answer to Las Vegas – but now must return to the desolate lands of his birth in the frigid islands of the North Sea to reclaim his vast inheritance. Intending only to take his money and run, he finds more than he bargained for as his former family and friends are enslaved at the hands of Gorm, his ruthless uncle. What follows is a bloody quest to not only free his people, but also a young man’s struggle to discover where he belongs in a rapidly changing world…and what awful sacrifices it will take to make a Prince into a King

Howard the Duck #3, Marvel Comics.

Black Summer #4, Avatar.

The Infinite Horizon #1, Image.

Jonah Hex #26, DC Comics.

Omega the Unknown #3, Marvel Comics.

Wrath of the Titans #3, Blue Water Productions.

Sinbad: Rogue of Mars #2, Blue Water Productions. One of the titles I really wanted. The 1st issue never showed up so I might wait until my store reorders it before I dive in.

The Twelve #0, Marvel Comics. From wikipedia: Writer J. Michael Straczynski said in July 2007 that the story concerns 12 superhumans randomly kidnapped by the Nazis during World War II in order to study their powers for the Nazis' "Master Race" efforts. The superhumans were put in cryonic suspended-animation until the present day, when a construction project in Berlin, Germany inadvertently uncovers them. The series explores the culture shock of people from the 1940s being revived in the present day. "I wanted to explore their reactions to us, and our reactions to them ... what was good about the World War II period that we lost, and what was not so good about it that we've eliminated in all but them". Issue Zero reprints a 3 golden age stories.

Dominion #3, Boom Studios. I never got the 1st TWO issues of this title either. Grrrr. More waiting.



Arkonbey said...

Ok. What's with Captain "Shirtless" Codpiece?

And it looks as though the 4th guy from the left stole Captain Britain's uniform, but forgot his pants.

Swinebread said...

These guys are actual superheroes characters from the Golden Age. Marvel, then called Timely (as you probably know), made these guys when superheroes were new and there wasn’t any kind of rules about what they should look or act like. They pumped one hero out after another trying to find the next big hit. Needless to say many of them were just too generic or too strange to catch on. That’s what Straczynski is playing off of. Here we’ve got these “B” list characters, some of them quite ridiculous, let’s see what we could do with them.

The Shirtless Musketeer looking guys is the Blue Blade. He looks like total spaz so that’s how he’s being presented. The pants-less guy is Captain Wonder a run of the mill patriotic superhero except he has no pants! Straczynski thought that was pretty strange his comment from The Twelve #0: “I was struck by his bare legs. How could anybody take on Hitler’s hordes and keep their dignity intact? I decided to give him hairy legs, something you don’t usually see on a superhero. But then, when would a stand-up guy like Captain Wonder find time out from fighting Nazis to shave and wax his legs, even if it did cross his mind?"

I like the female character the best, the Black Widow, with Rock Man (big guy with the red rectangle on his forehead in the back) a close second.

Arkonbey said...

Rock Man appears to be a proto-Juggernaut.

Since it's a Straczynski title, I may have to give it a try. How's the art? I gave up on Rising Stars because the art was terrible.

Swinebread said...

I Like the art. It's by chris Weston.